Wednesday September 12, 2012
Karpal in ‘lonely battle’
By YUEN MEIKENG
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP national chairman Karpal Singh is fighting “a lonely battle” in trying to stop PAS from implementing hudud.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said other than Karpal, nobody else from the party was seen to be vocal against the law.
Dr Chua said PAS deputy president Mat Sabu had said in an interview that the Islamic party would seek to amend the constitution to implement hudud if it formed the government.
“He said all Muslim MPs will be committed to do this. There are currently over 150 Muslim MPs, which is more than two-thirds of the total representatives in the Dewan Rakyat.
“So DAP must do more to convince us that hudud will not be implemented if the Opposition wins,” Dr Chua told reporters after chairing the MCA presidential council meeting at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
On another matter, Dr Chua accused the Opposition of influencing youths to demonstate against the Government.
“Because the Opposition is so successful in inciting hatred against Barisan Nasional leaders, many of those who attend political functions do not want to even shake our hands.
“We may have different opinions but it shouldn’t be to the extent of hating us,” Dr Chua added.
On another matter, Dr Chua said the MCA’s annual general meeting would be held on Oct 21 and launched by the Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“A day before the meeting, MCA will give a briefing to all leaders in its branches.
“It will focus on issues raised by the Opposition to influence voters and confuse the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, DAP and PKR women lawmakers have been asked to rebuke PAS over its gender separation policy.
Wanita MCA Young Women Bureau national chief Tee Hooi Ling said in a press statement that Karpal had been the only one to speak up against what happened at PAS’ Hari Raya open house in Seremban.
“What is amazing is that DAP women lawmakers like Teresa Kok, Chong Eng, Teoh Nie Ching, Hannah Yeoh and Fong Po Kuan have not questioned it.
“Why are the women leaders from PKR like its president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail or PKR women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, or other legislators like Elizabeth Wong and Fuziah Salleh, keeping mum?” Tee asked.